This is the official Die by the Blade game thread for the United States first game of the Olympic tournament. There will also be a game thread at SB Nation.com that you can visit.
This will be the second meeting between these two squads at the Olympics. The United States handled Switzerland 3-1 in the opening game of the tournament last Tuesday. After a tentative start to the game Bobby Ryan (Anaheim Ducks) started the scoring for USA with about one minute left in the first period. The United States built off that momentum and took command of the game with a pair of second period goals. Roman Wick scored for Switzerland in the third period but they would get no closer.
This game is going to come down to goaltending for both sides. Ryan Miller was phenomenal on Sunday against Canada, and he deserves all the praise he is getting but Jonas Hiller was equally impressive when Switzerland took Canada to overtime. Both goalies will need to be good in this game and Jonas Hiller will need to be the difference if the Swiss have any hope of upsetting the Americans.